Okony Tumangu Tim – Two oneko latina

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
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Okony Tumangu Tim: “Nodding syndrome (Lucluc) is an unexplained illness that has affected so many children in this area. The cause and cure are unknown and it started about ten years ago. This song is about the children who have died due to Nodding syndrome. During seizures they fell into fire or water and were killed. We are mourning them.”

‘Okony Tumangu Tim’ literally means ‘Help Tumangu Team’. Tumangu is a small village in Kitgum district in northern Uganda. Most of the thirty-three group members are women. They dance and sing about issues that are important to their community, such as land, sickness and war. Besides the choir and dancers, the group consists of a lead singer, two ladies playing bila and whistle and two drummers.

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